Several of these checkpoints are on the Quebec and New Brunswick side of the US/Canada border, but most are within Maine. Depending on the weather, the checkpoints are open from early May through November, but once the checkpoints close for the year, hunters can access the region on their own or in the company of guides or outfitters without paying the user fee. The logging roads are still open after the checkpoints close, but caution is urged once winter sets in. Snowstorms in Maine can be dangerous if you are not properly equipped to ride them out.
It is best to familiarize yourself with the area before you head in. On the map, we're talking primarily about Aroostook County, as well as small sections of Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. Despite the miles of logging roads there is still plenty of remote country here. Most of it is forest, pockmarked by hundreds of lakes and ponds and ribboned by thousands of miles of streams. Chamberlain Lake in the southern part of the region is the largest lake, and the major rivers are the Allagash and Saint........(continued)